Men's Basketball Cannot Recover From Slow Start At Caldwell

Tim Massado turned in season highs of 14 points and seven rebounds in a Feb. 15, 2017, loss at Caldwell. (Steven R. Smith)
Tim Massado turned in season highs of 14 points and seven rebounds in a Feb. 15, 2017, loss at Caldwell. (Steven R. Smith)

CALDWELL, N.J. – Felician University fell behind, 21-9, after six minutes and never led in its 78-65 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference men's basketball loss to host Caldwell University on Wednesday night at Job Gymnasium.

Felician junior guard Gjaimeir Stanford (Wilmington, Del.) scored 16 points, and teammate Tim Massado (Wilmington, Del.) turned in season highs of 14 points and seven rebounds. Sophomore guard Ahmad Harrison (Newark, N.J.) paced four double-figure scorers for Caldwell (14-11, 9-8 CACC) with a career-high 20 points.

Caldwell freshman Eric Johnson-Alford (Clifton, N.J.) scored the game's first five points, and with 14:09 left in the opening period, the hosts opened up a 12-point advantage. The Golden Falcons battled back to within 28-22 following a pair of Terrell Spaulding (Paterson, N.J.) free throws, and a late three-point field goal by Stanford brought Felician into halftime trailing, 38-30.

The Cougars stole the momentum once again to start period two, scoring the first seven points to open up a 45-30 edge. Consecutive threes by Massado and Damiun Moore (Manchester, N.J.) brought Felician to within nine at the 16:18 mark, but by the time 9:17 remained, Caldwell had opened up its largest spread of the night, 64-46.

The visitors had one more run left in them, with Massado tallying the final six points of a 14-1 run which made the score 65-60 in favor of the Cougars with 5:45 showing. But Caldwell held the Golden Falcons without another field goal until 25 seconds remained, by which time it had fashioned a 13-2 run of its own to pull away.

Freshman Zay Jennings (Allentown, Pa.) scored 16 points off the Caldwell bench. Johnson-Alford finished with 12 points and eight rebounds, and teammate Austin Woods turned in 11 points, seven rebounds and four blocked shots. Moore contributed 10 points to the Golden Falcon effort.

Felician concludes its 2016-17 season with a 7:30 p.m. tip-off at Nyack College on Tuesday, February 21.